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Latin America's Narco-Traffickers Diversify, Again: Part II

Friday, April 8, 2011

This is the second of a two-part series examining diversification efforts by Latin American drug-trafficking networks. Part I examined the FARC's illegal gold-mining operations in Colombia. Part II examines Mexican drug traffickers' use of oil-tapping to generate revenues.

Mexico's crime syndicates are well-known as exporters of heroin, marijuana and methamphetamines, importers of firearms, and perpetrators of violence. Their business has produced bloody internecine turf wars, with rival gangs battling it out for control over distribution routes mainly within the drug-producing states of northern Mexico. But over the past five years the drug trade has been squeezed between the pincers of Mexican President Felipe Calderón's avowed "war on drugs" on one side and shifts in the global economy on the other. ...

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